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Exploring the interests and curiosities that shape us

FEATURED short  STORY

FEATURED short  STORY

PUR

by josiah arsenault

PUR

by josiah arsenault

PUR | illustrations by ana carolina maciel

“A third body has been discovered floating in the Escondido river this morning at approximately 5:00AM. There were ligature marks around their wrists, ankles, and neck. The bodies were dumped in areas that are surveillance free. Leather bags filled with the bones of small animals have caused the culprit to be dubbed ‘The Hexondido Killer’.

“All the victims have been female between the ages of 19 and 24. Experts are telling anyone matching this description to stay inside during the night hours. If you have any information regarding this elusive killer, please call the number at the bottom of the screen.”

Cassidy grimaced and pressed the power button on her remote. For the past month, paranoia and sensationalism had ruled the local news channels. Three bodies in three weeks, it was cause for alarm for any young female in the North County area….[READ MORE]

PUR | illustrations by ana carolina maciel

“A third body has been discovered floating in the Escondido river this morning at approximately 5:00AM. There were ligature marks around their wrists, ankles, and neck. The bodies were dumped in areas that are surveillance free. Leather bags filled with the bones of small animals have caused the culprit to be dubbed ‘The Hexondido Killer’.

“All the victims have been female between the ages of 19 and 24. Experts are telling anyone matching this description to stay inside during the night hours. If you have any information regarding this elusive killer, please call the number at the bottom of the screen.”

Cassidy grimaced and pressed the power button on her remote. For the past month, paranoia and sensationalism had ruled the local news channels. Three bodies in three weeks, it was cause for alarm for any young female in the North County area….[READ MORE]

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Bubbles

Bubbles

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Trigger Happy

Trigger Happy

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Tariq

Tariq

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PUR

PUR | illustrations by ana carolina maciel “A third body has been discovered floating in the Escondido river this morning at approximately 5:00AM. There were ligature marks around their wrists, ankles, and neck. The bodies were dumped in areas that are surveillance...

REVISITING LUMBARTON

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Bwoot Heel Bwoose

bwoot heel bwoose | illustrations by sidney teles At Shindig!: The Buckner-Ragsdale Annual Bi-Family Reunion, Mona stood watching her son, Bucky, careen through the relatives who dotted the Missouri Desert Picnic Grounds like a prickly heat rash. Why must these things...

SUPER MAN

Once, there was a superhero who didn’t know how to fly. He was on his fourth drink, and his tie hung limply around his collar. His face was in shadow hiding the stubble on his chin. He was slumped back in his chair and swirled his drink. He absentmindedly tapped his...

MISS OTT AND THE BREAKING GIRL

miss ott and the breaking girl | illustrations by diane novario With her uncle Art out of prison, the fifty-year old woman couldn’t concentrate. As usual these days, she dilated upon Miss Ott whom she reckoned to be in her early 70s by now. It was the woman’s...

MARSHMALLOW

marshmallow | illustrations by seth williams If asked to describe Eleanor Thorne in a single word, most of her neighbors and fellow parishioners would have picked weird or sad or fat. They didn’t know that she cried herself to sleep more often than not. But they did...

ONE TOE IN

The water was already hot. I placed my hand on the shower knob and turned it as far left as it would turn. The skin on my chest and arms became red and white. The pain deepened into an itch. I turned the water off and grabbed a towel. In the foggy mirror I saw the...

THE PATRIOT

the patriot | illustration by diane novario In the sixth grade I was the Tin Man; envision a small boy encased in a cardboard tube wrapped in aluminum foil and sealed with duct tape. The accompanying plastic axe, inverted funnel, watering pot painted a dull metallic...

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The most important thing to take on this trip, more than warm clothes and ample cash, is the precious Dramamine. It's only two hours, but the road is brutal. My friend Nick and I are planning to spend a day in San Jose del Pacifico, and I make no secret of how much I...

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